Category Archives: Musicology


Here’s a bit of fun.  The opening unit of this semester’s Music History Pedagogy class was devoted to teaching Introduction to Music (or Music Appreciation, or “Appreesh”), which is likely to be a pre- or early-career teaching assignment.  We survey … Continue reading

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  You say you’re tired How I hate to hear you use that word —Warren Zevon, “Never Too Late for Love” (1982)   Those who have truck with musicologists may have noticed a certain despondency, in recent days, in their … Continue reading

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Deadline reminder: JMR special issue on music & the occult

A reminder: we are quickly approaching the deadline for submissions to the Journal of Musicological Research’s special issue on music and the occult. The deadline is September 15, or two weeks from tomorrow. The word count limit for papers is … Continue reading

Posted in Magic, Musicology

No Better Than He Should Be

Those interested in contemporary concert and art performance may subscribe, for better or worse, to Norman Lebrecht’s blog Slipped Disc.  Lebrecht was a music journalist for a time, and has written plenty of books, fiction and non-fiction.  His first novel … Continue reading

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Academia is not your parents

Is everyone OK? Do we need to take a moment? Catch our breath, check if anyone is missing, see if anything is broken . . . Feels like we’ve been in a car wreck. You know what I’m talking about. … Continue reading

Posted in Academia, Current Affairs, Musicology

Scholar Teaches Behind Bars; Is Sent To Woodshed

Some backstory: when Phil and I started Dial M in 2006 (that’s a decade ago, Phil!) we had previously volunteered to get involved with an American Musicological Society blog, but AMS was having difficulty figuring out precisely how much oversight … Continue reading

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CFP: Music and the Occult

I have been writing about magic a whole lot lately, and suddenly I feel like I’m seeing a whole lot of CFPs (calls for papers/proposals) on magical themes. Maybe there’s something magical in the air? Are academics finally getting hip … Continue reading

Posted in Magic, Musicology, Research, Weird Studies